J. Craig Nelson(1936 - 2014)

Nelson, J. Craig CLU, 77, of Town and Country, MO, passed away peacefully on May 20, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Lois (née Rucker) for 55 years; loving father of Laura (Tom) Hughes and Eric (Kristi) Nelson, grandfather to Sarah, Taylor, and Zachary Hughes, and Abby and Jake Nelson; brother of Clark (Laurie) Nelson. Born in Hastings, NE in 1936, Craig graduated from the University of Illinois, and also served in the U.S. Army Airborne in the Special Forces as a Green Beret. He worked many years as a pension consultant for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co., and later served as the Business Administrator at Bonhomme Presbyterian Church. He volunteered numerous hours with Habitat for Humanity, and served as church Elder and as Chairman of Bonhomme's Old Stone Church Committee. A dedicated father, he took great care and pride in his family's lives and activities, including serving for several years in coaching youth baseball and football teams. He was also an avid wood-worker and artist. He will be remembered for his enthusiastic spirit, outgoing personality, and willingness to serve. Services: Memorial Service: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 @ 11:00am Bonhomme Presbyterian Church, 14820 Conway Road, Chesterfield, MO 63017. Memorial gifts appreciated for: Bonhomme Presbyterian's Old Stone Church Fund, Assistance League St. Louis, or the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

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Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on May 23, 2014